August 25, 2014
I had fun on Saturday, early evening, playing with monoprinting. I set everything up on the kitchen table - there's a lot of stuff to have around. I had cut some PFD - prepared for dyeing - fabric, and some thin canvas and Gelli Plate in hand, started to play.
For the first set of monoprints, I decided to keep them monochromatic and in the black and white range. As I have been using a lot of hand-dyed fabric in different tones of greys, I thought it would be easier to incorporate into some of hand-dyed fabrics plus some of the rubbings I have ready to go.
I have to tell you that I went to the art store in the morning and purchased the yummiest of acrylic metallic paints by Pebeo. They come in the loveliest colors. I resisted buying all of them, but I got a silvery blue, a copper, an orange and a lime green, of course!
Here are some of the results.
This is one of the first samples I made. I used a "comb" on top, a kebab stick for the grasslike markings and two of the rubbing plates I have with circles. Not back for a first try ...
This one uses a lovely 12" x 12" stencil with the large random letters. I love it! I placed it on the paint and then used a piece of textured drawer liner on top; the circles were once more the stamp made with wooden circles for rubbing and a foam stamp.
The Gelli Plate I have is 81/2" x 11" so I'm restricted by that size. I will try something different this coming weekend and see if I can get a larger area to use, before the paint dries.
Another one, this one using similar elements, plus a plate made using metal washers. I really like the effect. As I did not clean the plate between applications of paint, some of the old paint remains and that's when I got the greys, instead of a lot of white.
In this one, I was using Acrylic metallic Pebeo paint in copper and orange - did not make too much of a difference. Plus once again a lovely 12" x 12" template with a leaf motif. On top of that, I applied the texture and some polka dots.
I got a lot of samples done in very little time. I will play some more with different colors of paint next and the plates I made with the stencils which I forgot to take out of the box ... out of sight, out of mind... I had so many other things to play with, I never missed them.
Ah, I had some threads here and there which added a lot of texture and unexpected interest. I will have to remember to do that on purpose.
I will show you some more samples soon. In the meantime, keep quilting.
I have been "gone" for a while ... but not idle!
August 22, 2014
I hate it when that happens. I had just finished uploading the last photo to this blog when … pouf! It all disappeared … had to start all over again. So … I decided to do this in a Word document and then copy and paste to the blog page.
As I was saying before I got interrupted by a glitch in the system, I cannot believe all that time has gone by since I blogged last. I am so embarrassed. Not that I have been idle.
Summer came finally and with it nice and sunny weather. It was even really hot a couple of days during July and August, to the point that I had to turn on the AC, which I usually don’t need.
A couple of weekends ago I was sitting at home reading a book and decided I needed to go do something productive, so I gathered my supplies and started to make textured plates to use for frottage and monoprinting. What was going to be a few plates, turned into quite a few. It is so much fun and addictive too.
Here are a few photos for you to see what I’ve done. These first ones were done on foam core board that I purchased at the dollar store. They were cut to size using an exacto knife and a ruler on a cutting mat. Then I used stencils and modeling paste. Tape the stencil to the table (not to the foam core board) and cover any areas you don’t want to use. With a craft knife, apply modelling paste evenly. Lift the stencil carefully and with the knife – on a paper towel – clean the excess paste and return to the jar to be reused. Wash the stencil right away with warm water. Blot dry with paper towels.
These ones were done using a mini glue gun. I found it easier to use the mini glue gun than the regular one. It gave me a thinner line and it was easier to control. The ones with darker lines are the ones that I marked first, thinking that it was going to be easier to follow the design. Not sure that was true. Again, the foam core board was cut to size. In this case, most of them were cut to about 3” x 4” or a bit larger, as I wanted to use them with the magic foam blocks.
And here are the magic foam blocks, 4 of them, stamped on both sides. If you’ve never used them, they are simple to use and again, you can create anything you can think of. They come in 3” x 4” x 1”, 4 to a package – I purchased mine from Amazon. They are very easy to use. You just need to heat them with a heat gun and press to any surface that has a texture. To create a texture, I created the glue gun plates that I showed you above. But it is easy to use with anything that has a texture, such as leaves, doilies, lace, thread and yarn, buttons, elastic bands, twigs, etc., etc. etc. you get the idea. Press a few seconds until the objects get imprinted and lift. Voila! Stamp ready to use … If you are not happy with it, heat again; the image will disappear and you can start again.
The one with the keys was done placing keys on the table directly, keeping in mind the space I had. These keys were a gift from my friend Lisa. Once I had a placement I liked, I heated the block and pressed it to the keys. That simple!
You can even stamp the sides! Endless possibilities.
These last ones were done once again on foam core board using self-adhesive shapes and letters purchased at the dollar store. You can also find more variety at stores like Micheals and Walmart. They come in all sizes and shapes.
Now I get to use them. I will be spending some time this weekend – it’s supposed to be cooler and rainy – monoprinting. I will show you some results of this exercise soon.
Hope your summer has been good. In the meantime, keep creating!
Quilting Arts Magazine June/July 2014
May 26, 2014
It's almost here ... The new Quilting Arts Magazine for June/July 2014 will be in stores tomorrow, Tuesday May 27th. I have not received my copy yet, so I have not seen the article I contributed for it, but I heard on Saturday that it looks great! :)
The article covers my techniques for making the fabric stones, pebbles and rocks that I've been using in my work lately. They are fun to make, and I find them addictive. You'll never look at a rock in the same manner.
I hope you enjoy the article and make one or two rocks, or a hundred! Let me know how it goes.
In the meantime, I hope this finds you enjoying the nice weather and day dreaming in the sun. Keep quilting!
Through Our Hands - New Online Magazine
May 07, 2014
I have to say, that as soon as I read the news, I went to their website and signed up for the Newsletter. I wanted to get the new Magazine from Through Our Hands as soon as it came out. And here it is ...
This is a new enterprise by Laura Kemshall and Annabel Rainbow. If you know their work ... you know that this magazine is not going to disappoint. The truth is, I haven't even opened it yet, but wanted to share it with everyone out there.
So go to their website at: www.throughourhands.co.uk and sign up for the newsletter and download your own copy of the magazine.
You can also use the link from here to get there:
Or you can click on the magazine below from here.
Hope you enjoy it. I am off to read my copy!
And don't forget to keep quilting ...
Oh What fun it is to try ...
February 28, 2014
Explorations, investigations, trials and errors, mistakes made into something different ... it's all part of learning and doing, and for me, a part of what I like to do best.
That is what I do when I am stuck ... I need to be working on a piece, but I don't know what direction I want it to take. I did 1/3 of it, and then got to the point that I didn't know where I wanted the piece to go. So I left it. But to get myself going, I start working on small or smallish projects. Anything to get the creative ideas flowing again. And while I do that, which usually consists of quilting very tightly every 1/8" in vertical or horizontal lines (which is kind of boring actually), I have a lot of time to think, because I really do not need to concentrate too much in what it is that I am doing. Just a very soothing back and forth and back and forth.
So last week I found myself starting a new wholecloth piece; just because I am still stuck on this larger piece I need to work on. I went to the hand-dyed fabric bin and rummaged around - well, it's quite tidy actually - but I still looked at quite a few different pieces of fabrics and finally settled on one of the black and grey ones from my last dyeing session. It is quite lovely actually, as it is quite dark on one side and quite light on the other. Threaded the machine, changed feet, lower the feed dogs, raised the feed dogs again, as I decided to quilt it vertically with the feed dogs up instead of all free motion and off I went. And my mind went with it ... and started thinking about all the products I had purchased at the Kensington Art Store when they had the sale before they moved. I spent a lot - and I mean A LOT - of money - good thing that it was 30% off! Some of these items were right by my elbow, staring at me, so I decided to give them a try: mainly, metal leaf, and metal leaf adhesive.
These are the results, which hopefully will develop into new pieces of work:
This is the first one I tried. The fabric was already quilted so I used the low tack masking tape to mask the squares and strips and applied the glue right on the fabric. Let it dry, which took about 20 minutes, and applied the metal foil. This is real metal foil, very thin squares of metal - gold in this case (although not real gold) that once applied, it stays in place. You have to clean all the extra little bits, which tend to make a mess, so I had metal foil all over. It is a good idea to use a stiffer brush to carefully brush away all the extra bits over a garbage can. The stuff still flies all over, so then you can use a sticky roller brush to get all the bits and pieces off the floor and carpet and your clothes. Don't get me wrong, despite the mess, I love the stuff so if a few bits of gold or silver here and there are the price to pay ... I'm all for it.
Point to make: the fabric is quite absorbent, so you need to seal it first; I used gel medium. So the steps are: Gel medium, let dy, apply the metal leaf adhesive, let dry; apply the metal leaf and adhere properly; wait a few minutes and using a brush carefully remove any extra bits. You can always reapply if needed. Once that is done, you can seal it with a special sealant. I used special sealant on one, and on the silver one - below, I used gel medium to seal it.
OK, back to the first piece: gold metal leaf on, I wanted to see what would happen if I applied a transfer using ATP (artist transfer paper) on top. It worked; although there was quite a difference between the transfer on the fabric and the transfer on the gold which I was not sure I liked. I then printed the same design on a sheet of polyester organza, cut it out, and very carefully applied it on top of the original transfer with gel medium. It made it a bit more opaque, although you can still see the difference. I kind of like it, though. What to you think?
The feathers are a screen, and it's screen printed with Jacquard Screen Print Paint in copper, and metal black. On the left feather, I used a metal leaf marker to paint copper on top of the screen, following exactly the same lines. You can't see that, because I didn't really care for the results so I applied the metal leaf glue carefully and then copper leaf. The other two feathers are left with the screen as originally planned. I may embroider on one of them, but have not decided yet to do that. Remember, these are explorations ... this may be all that is accomplished for this one.
Third piece - still in progress:
I started this one while quilting the larger piece to see if I could quilt a feather on one side (I always think that quilting a feather will make the quilting go faster and forget that then I need to match all those straight lines to the feather lines). Oh well, all in the name of art. Anyway, as I was saying, I quilted this smaller piece and added the feather, and then applied silver leaf to it. There are places where I actually gone back and touched up the leaf three times. You can say I am a bit anal about the shapes reading really nice and rounded!
Anyway, this is it for this installment of the blog. Let me know what you think of these pieces. In the meantime, stay warm and keep quilting.